Whew, last weekend (march 4) was a rough training weekend. I did 70lb walking lunges Friday evening and was supposed to do a 22miler on Saturday morning. I am breaking in some new trail shoes and had some seriously sore quads which led me to only getting 16 of those 22 miles in. I also had some knee pain that was ultimately why I cut the run short. I was lucky enough to have a buddy and nice weather though. That was nice 🙂 I think I need to take recovery more seriously from now on. These longer runs and tougher workouts require a whole new level of recovery! My old (and some of my new) tactics just aren’t cutting it. So, I decided to take last week off. While I was off, I had my knee worked on (graston, art, cupping and myofascial release). I still haven’t really run again any significant mileage to speak of due to some lingering pain, but it’s getting better. I planned on running this past weekend (march 11) or this week. It’s been raining here so I’m taking a little extra recovery. Typically, my recovery consists of drinking water, stretching, rolling out, taking an overnight recovery pill, muscle cream and ice/heat as needed. I know there are some more things that I could be doing, but they usually cost some additional money. I’ve tried cryo recovery, deep tissue massage, estim and ice baths but have not tried compression yet. It gets a little nerve wracking when you sign up for a race and then you have stuff like this happen. It never fails though, train all year long with no races and have no issues. Then you sign up for a race and start having silly little nagging pains. That’s how it goes.
Thanks for joining me on this journey.